After thousands of polls and months of manufactured news cycles, Election Day is finally here. The horse race, however, isn’t quite over, and you should expect pundits to milk these final hours of everything they’re worth. Before precincts begin reporting at 6 p.m. (when some counties in Kentucky and Indiana close their polls), millions of antsy observers will latch onto all kinds of misinformation in hopes of gleaning the eventual outcome. In order to survive the night with your sanity intact, it helps to know what to look out for — and what to ignore.
Nate Cohn, The New Republic. What to Watch for — and Ignore — on Election Day.
Yes, it’s a stressy day, but while Twitter posts some few thousand times per minute about truth, lies, rumor and consequence, Nate Cohn goes through some electoral history to help us figure out what to keep in perspective.
In other words, keep in mind the value of slow news. As Dan Gillmor has said, “The sooner something is on Twitter after a major event, the more skeptical… or at least the more you should reserve judgement about it.”